Virtual Student Memorial Ceremony

Virtual Student Memorial Ceremony

Student Affairs will be honoring seven Auburn University students who passed away during the past academic year on Sunday, September 20th at 5pm. Warren Claborn, Kevin Lai, Kat Lersch, Dr. Daniel Newhard, Stacy Russell, James Stallworth, and Cole Watson will be honored at the Student Memorial Ceremony.

This will be a virtual event and attendees will be able to view the ceremony on the Auburn Eagle Eye TV YouTube channel. https://www.eagleeyeauburn.com/page/watch-live

For more information, please contact Katherine Hettinger, Manager, Auburn Cares, at 334-844-1423 or keh0018@auburn.edu .

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In memoriam: Paul “Warren” Claborn

In memoriam: Paul “Warren” Claborn

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Auburn University will remember student Paul “Warren” Claborn beginning Friday, Aug. 21.

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Friday, Aug. 21. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

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In memoriam: Stacy Russell

In memoriam: Stacy Russell

Auburn University will remember student Stacy Russell beginning Thursday, July 30

The memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on Thursday, July 30. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Student Center for two weeks beginning Friday, July 31.

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Dr. Woodard announces inclusion and diversity workshop for Student Affairs employees

Dr. Woodard shares diversity and equity training opportunity with student affairs employees.

In partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Student Affairs leadership has worked to host a workshop for all Student Affairs staff who are interested and available to participate.

Informing an Everyday Inclusion and Diversity Mindset” will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29, 8:30 am  – 10:30 am. Garry Morgan, Special Assistant, Inclusion and Diversity Education is facilitating the session.

Interested staff are encouraged to register, please complete this doodle poll by noon on Monday, July 27.

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Auburn trustees approve Legacy Plaza to celebrate ‘Divine Nine’ Greek groups

Auburn trustees approve Legacy Plaza to celebrate ‘Divine Nine’ Greek groups

An artist's rendering of the NPHC Plaza.

The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved the NPHC Legacy Plaza, a campus area commemorating the nine members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

The plaza, which will be adjacent to the campus green space in the same area as the under-construction Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex, will celebrate the nine member organizations of the Auburn NPHC known as the “Divine Nine”: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

The plaza will include a wall with 10 commemorative markers – one for each of the NPHC organizations and a 10th to explain the history of Auburn’s Black Greek-letter organizations and to recognize the project’s supporters and donors. Trees representing each chapter will provide a backdrop to the wall, and the plaza will serve as an outdoor venue for informal gatherings and events.

“We’re proud that Auburn has taken this step to commemorate the achievements of the National Pan-Hellenic Council,” says Benard Goins, Greek Life coordinator. “This project will be a fitting tribute to these groups that have been an integral part of Auburn’s campus for more than 20 years.”

The NPHC Legacy Plaza is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

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Auburn Panhellenic recognized for communicating new recruitment plan

Auburn Panhellenic recognized for communicating new recruitment plan

The Auburn Panhellenic Executive Board.

Auburn Panhellenic has been recognized nationally for its efforts in communicating its revamped fall 2020 recruitment.

In its newsletter to members, the National Panhellenic Conference, an umbrella organization for 26 national women’s sororities in the U.S. and Canada, cited Auburn Panhellenic among “Best Practices for Communicating About Fall 2020 Recruitment,” specifically mentioning placement of a news story to announce its revised plan.

“It’s always great to see our students’ hard work recognized by others,” said Ryan Powell, director of Greek Life at Auburn. “We are so proud of them for their hard work and dedication during these often-confusing times.”

Lindsay Ollis, Panhellenic advisor in Greek Life, agreed.

“Our team has been working so hard to come up with a plan and communicate that plan effectively,” she said. “It’s nice that their effort has been noticed and that people are paying attention.”

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Involvement Awards winners announced

Involvement Awards winners announced

The Involvement Awards were announced via a video.

Student Involvement’s annual awards show, The Involvement Awards, had its virtual premiere on April 23.

The Involvement Awards celebrates the accomplishments of students, organizations and advisors on campus for their tremendous efforts of creating an engaging Auburn experience. The 17 award winners for 2020 are:

Student Leaders of the Year

Jim Brewster

Julianne Lyn

Olivia Atkins

Omer Khan

Swati Baskiyar

 

Outstanding Cultural Impact

Student Government Association

 

Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion

Campus Kitchen Project

 

Dr. Fred & Charlene Kam Human Touch Service Award

Student Association for Mentoring

 

Excellence in Practical Application

Block & Bridle

 

Excellence in Marketing and Design (Non-Student Activity Organization)

Financial Management Association

 

Excellence in Marketing and Design (Student Activity Organization)

Eagle Eye

 

Overcoming Adversity

Auburn University Dance Marathon

 

Corey M. Edwards Advisor of the Year

Joyce Thomas-Vinson

 

Outstanding New Organization

International City and County Management Association Student Chapter

 

Most Entertaining Campus Event

Tiger Stomp by National PanHellenic Council

 

Most Exceptional Campus Organization (Non-Student Activity Organization)

Campus Kitchen

 

Most Exceptional Organization (Student Activity Organization)

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A letter from Dr. Woodard to the students

A letter from Dr. Woodard to the students

To our students:

A year ago, our campus was celebrating after a historic run to basketball’s Final Four. Some of us cheered on the Tigers in person, while others watched from home, with hundreds gathering at Toomer’s Corner when we prevailed at the Sweet 16. It was truly great to be an Auburn Tiger and a great time to be together.

This year is historic, too, but for a much different reason. Since you left for Spring Break, most of you haven’t been able to return, and all of our lives have been turned upside down. You, in particular, have been hit hard, with classes going online, graduation being postponed, events being canceled – the list goes on. Many of you have left your Auburn homes and are now far away from the friends that are part of your Auburn Family.

You all have already made some amazing adjustments. I’ve been heartened to hear about the ways you’ve been coping with the challenges, from communicating with each other through Zoom to staying engaged with your classes to learning to get things accomplished in a new way.

But there’s no two ways about it – all of this is stressful, and it will continue to be until we get some sort of sense of when it will all be over. If we all concentrate on physical distancing and follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

Until then, though, I wanted to let you know of a few resources available to you:

  • Health Promotion & Wellness Services is offering wellness coaching via Zoom, giving you a chance to work on goals relating to stress management, time management and other topics.
  • A Sound Mind, a campus-wide mental health initiative, has compiled information to help you through this time, including dealing with feelings you may experience and tips for taking care of yourself and others.
  • Student Counseling & Psychological Services can provide consultations by phone and, for students still living in Alabama, tele-mental health via Zoom. If you are an Auburn student and need these services or are in crisis, call 334-844-5123 any time of the day or night. SCPS has also compiled a great list of other local and national resources for you.

Please take advantage of these services if you need them. Also remember that any official COVID-19 news related to the university – including an extensive list of FAQs — can be found at aub.ie/coronavirus.

Finally, if Student Affairs can help you with anything, we’re just an email away, at vpsa@auburn.edu.

All of these resources are available with one goal in mind: We want you to take care of yourselves. Though the timeline is uncertain, we will get through this, and my hunch is that once we return, the bonds of the Auburn Family will be stronger than ever.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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New Horizons: 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

New Horizons: 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

New Horizons: 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Presents aren’t the only thing being unwrapped this holiday season.

Assessment & Strategic Planning unveiled its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan at the Student Affairs Fall Summit on Dec. 4.

The plan focuses on several initiatives to guide Student Affairs, encompassing themes of Student Affairs’ core values, missions & vision statements and the Auburn Creed.

The first goal states that Student Affairs will work to create a welcoming environment and inclusive community. This will be accomplished through creating, expanding and supporting programs and initiatives that engage students and promote a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The second goal is to provide professional development through meaningful engagement. This can be done by engaging students in growth-oriented experiential learning and creating and enhancing collaborate programs and services that prepare students to lead.

The third goal focuses on health, wellness and safety. These goals will be promoted through a holistic, data-informed approach that focuses on prevention, education, care, support and intervention. Student Affairs will implement staff training and compliance to create a safe learning and living environment for students.

The fourth and final goal is to achieve organizational excellence. This will be accomplished through fostering a data-informed and outcome-driven culture, providing excellent service to enhance the student experience and managing budgets, technology, marketing and human resources to operate with responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.

Director of Assessment & Strategic Planning Abby Langham oversaw the project from start to finish. Langham says her favorite part of the project was seeing everyone’s ideas culminate into tangible ideas and piecing it all together.

“I wanted our staff to feel like they really ‘own’ this plan, and that it’s something that they really created, because it is,” Langham says. “It’s something that’s going to expand and enhance the already great Auburn student experience. As an Auburn alum, it feels good to produce something that’s going to have a lasting impact.”

For more information about the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, please contact Assessment & Strategic Planning at 334-844-8610.

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EAGLE on WEGL

Bradley Basden beams as he enters the WEGL studio to cue up his show playlist. A rock n’ roll fanatic since childhood, Basden’s favorite part of the week is his Monday afternoons, which are spent managing the soundboard during his show, “EAGLE on WEGL.”

Basden is a student in the EAGLES Program, or Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success, a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. Basden is a member of the inaugural class, and knew he wanted to get involved with music during his time at Auburn.

“My favorite part of being on WEGL is being a DJ and getting to pick the songs,” Basden says.

The partnership between WEGL and the EAGLES Program was established during the summer of 2019, when Basden was set to begin his second year at Auburn in the fall. When Basden expressed that he wanted to work at a radio station upon completion of the program, EAGLES Director Betty Patten says she began searching for a campus experience that would incorporate his love for music.

“There was a conversation about what he wanted to do and where he could do that on campus,” says Patten. “With Auburn having the student-run WEGL radio station, I was able to reach out to Brit Bowen, who immediately responded saying he would love to be involved with WEGL and support Bradley.”

Bowen, coordinator for student media in Media & Marketing, says he knew from his initial conversation with Patten that a partnership with the EAGLES Program would be a great experience for all parties involved.

“Partnering with the EAGLES Program and with Bradley has really been great for all of us, and something we hope to continue in the future,” says Bowen. “You can tell that Bradley loves music and his passion is an inspiration for everyone here at WEGL.”

Patten says that being on WEGL has given Basden a chance to explore his interests and develop transferrable job skills.

“Music is a great way for Bradley to express himself and for others to learn more about his interests and who he is,” Patten says. “His opportunity to select a playlist and be a DJ for WEGL is an opportunity for Bradley to show how musically inclined he is.”

Basden says that his favorite band is KISS.

“I love KISS,” he says. “I got to see them in concert in Birmingham this year and it was great.”

The EAGLES Program has peer mentors called WINGS, or Warmhearted Individuals Nurturing Great Success, who participate in activities and events with EAGLES students and provide interpersonal support in social and community environments. Hallie Hoch, who serves as a WING, says her favorite part of the program is the relationships she has developed with students in the program and other WINGS.

“I have loved serving as a WING because not only have I developed great relationships with other WINGS, but I have become friends with great students like Bradley, who show me that people with disabilities are really just like the rest of us,” Hoch says.

When he isn’t rockin’ out on WEGL, Basden likes to hang out with friends and support Auburn.

“I love going to Auburn football games,” Basden says. “I love to sit in the student section.”

Above all else, Basden loves music and sharing his passion for music with others.

“Music makes me feel great,” says Basden. “I love playing music for other people.”

For more information about the EAGLES Program or to discuss any desired partnerships, contact Patten at 334-844-8426 or at eagles@auburn.edu. For more information about WEGL, contact Bowen at 334-844-2170.